Students in Massachusetts protest over dog killing in CoD: Waw

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 20 March 2009 23:00 GMT

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A group of students at a Massachusetts’ Academy of Notre Dame high school are protesting over Activision’s Call of Duty: World at War. Why? It’s due to all the German Shepard shooting in the game.

According to Breanna Lucci, president of the Animal Rights Club at the school:

“Killing dogs as a form of entertainment… over and over again. That’s one of the objects of the game. Parents need to know what they are buying their kids. Killing animals should not be a form of entertainment,” she wrote.

“My little 12-pound Pomeranian, Winnie the Pooh, is sitting next to [my brother, who is playing CoD:WaW], and I’m thinking, ‘This looks horrible!’ My brother is a sweetheart. He won’t be killing dogs after playing. But some people might.”

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Jen Dupras supports the students’ efforts:

“I feel like these video games are dangerous for a lot of reasons. We can all rationalize and say it’s just pretend. Even so, why pretend shooting people and dogs? They really desensitize kids and adults to what that violence signifies.”

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